Funding approved for tidal energy environmental monitoring

Posted on March 22nd, in Bay of Fundy, Offshore Energy, Tidal Energy.

PRESS RELEASE:  March 22, 2016

HALIFAX, NS – The Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA) and the Nova Scotia Department of Energy are jointly funding $250,000 to support an enhanced environmental effects monitoring program at the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) site in the Bay of Fundy. The monitoring program is designed to determine the effects of deployment and operation of in-stream tidal turbines in 2016.

“Tidal energy holds tremendous potential for Nova Scotia – both as a producer of clean, renewable energy, and as an economic driver,” said Energy Minister Michel Samson. “The monitoring program at FORCE will provide developers, regulators, researchers and the public with information to better understand the impact of development on the marine environment. It’s an important step in our plan to build and grow a responsible tidal energy sector in Nova Scotia.”

In 2015, Nova Scotia … Read More »


Building a Tidal Energy Industry in Canada Offers Substantial Opportunity According to Study

Posted on April 23rd, in Bay of Fundy, Tidal Energy.

PRESS RELEASE:  April 23, 2015

HALIFAX, NS – A new study released today shows the potential economic opportunity in building a tidal energy industry in Canada is substantial.  The study, “Value Proposition for Tidal Energy Development in Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada and Canada” commissioned by the Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia (OERA) shows  tidal energy could reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and create a new industry that offers significant socio-economic benefits across the nation.

The Study  describes the potential opportunity that could result in developing a tidal energy industry in Canada.  More specifically, the value proposition examines the economic potential that could be realized over a 25 year period to 2040 and how that financial valuation changes under different factors and drivers.

“Globally, there is vast potential to draw hydrokinetic energy from oceans,” OERA Executive Director, Stephen Dempsey explains. “Enough … Read More »


OERA Funds Nova Scotia Student’s Research Travel

Posted on March 11th, in Offshore Energy, Tidal Energy.

PRESS RELEASE:  March 11, 2015

Halifax, NS – Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA) is pleased to announce that the OERA Student Research Travel Program has provided six Nova Scotia students the opportunity to build their international networks through travel to the USA, Ireland, and Bermuda to conduct their thesis research in the fields of marine renewable energy and offshore geosciences.  The February 2015 Student Research Travel Program award recipients are:

Dalhousie University in conjunction with Cape Breton University: Jordan Carlson, School for Resource and Environmental Studies, will be taking a tidal energy course at Queen’s University Belfast, Ireland and gain hands-on experience at Queen’s University’s small scale tidal energy lab and testing facility;
Acadia University: Laura MacNeil and Krista Kroeninger, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, will be undertaking an Advanced Field School at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences focusing on sedimentology, … Read More »


Seeking Candidates – Board of Directors

Posted on October 16th, in Uncategorized.

Independent Director Sought – October 16, 2014

Located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA) is an independent, contract research not-for-profit corporation dedicated to leading energy research initiatives, enabling the sustainable development of Nova Scotia energy resources through strategic partnerships with academia, government and industry. OERA’s members are Acadia University, St. Francis Xavier University, Cape Breton University, Saint Mary’s University, Dalhousie University and the Nova Scotia Department of Energy.

Nova Scotia’s offshore energy potential is world-class.  OERA’s role is vital in ensuring that Nova Scotia’s emerging marine energy sectors are developed responsibly and sustainably.  OERA leads research to address critical gaps in environmental, marine renewable and offshore geoscience research and invests in high-impact research that moves Nova Scotia’s offshore and marine renewable energy sectors forward.  OERA’s purpose is to reduce the risks related to energy sector investments in Nova Scotia’s … Read More »


Launch of joint Canada – UK research call in tidal energy technologies

Posted on August 14th, in Tidal Energy.

Press Release – August 14, 2014

HALIFAX, NS – The Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia (OERA) and Technology Strategy Board (TSB) of the United Kingdom, are jointly investing approximately $1.4 million CAD (approximately £755,000) in collaborative R&D projects to support the acceleration of the tidal energy sector in both jurisdictions.  This competition stems from a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in February 2014 by the Nova Scotia Department of Energy, the OERA and the United Kingdom’s TSB.  It commits the two organizations to work together in areas of mutual interest.  Further information regarding the MoU can be found at: http://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20140304001.

The research competition aims to develop enhanced sensing technologies for in-stream tidal energy applications. This will lead to better data, improved data analysis, and collection methods. It will also allow us to advance research faster to address technical challenges and … Read More »


Release of the Bay of Fundy Update and the Cape Breton Region Strategic Environmental Assessments

PRESS RELEASE – May 26, 2014

HALIFAX, NS – The Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia (OERA) has announced the release of the Update to the Bay of Fundy Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Community Response Report for the Cape Breton Region.

A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is a consultative process that explores the social, environmental and economic features and effects associated with marine renewable energy (MRE) projects.

In 2013 the Government of Nova Scotia commissioned OERA to complete an update to the 2008 Bay of Fundy SEA. The goal of the SEA update is to inform stakeholders how the in-steam tidal industry has evolved and describe what is new and/or changed in marine renewable energy, in particular tidal energy.

The Cape Breton SEA was commissioned in 2011 as a result of Government awarding two in-stream tidal energy … Read More »


Nova Scotia and U.K. Collaborate on Tidal Industry Development

Posted on March 4th, in Bay of Fundy, Offshore Energy, Tidal Energy.

PRESS RELEASE – March 4, 2014

Nova Scotia and the United Kingdom will work together to advance tidal research to help the future development of the industry.

A memorandum of understanding between the province, the Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia and the United Kingdom’s Technology Strategy Board will encourage joint research in order to improve the technology required to generate electricity using high tides like those in the Bay of Fundy.

Energy Minister Andrew Younger, executive director Stephen Dempsey of the Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia and the acting British Deputy High Commissioner to Canada, Corin Robertson, on behalf of the Technology Strategy Board, announced the agreement today, March 4, in Halifax.

“Bringing together tidal energy leaders from Nova Scotia and the U.K. will help advance efforts to harness the power of Fundy tides,” said Mr. Younger. “Collaborating on tidal … Read More »


OERA Funds Nova Scotia Student’s Research Travel

Posted on October 10th, in Bay of Fundy, Offshore Energy, Tidal Energy.

PRESS RELEASE – October 10, 2013

Halifax, NS – Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA) is pleased to announce that the OERA Student Research Travel Program has provided four Nova Scotia students the opportunity to travel to the USA, Canada and Ireland to conduct their thesis research in the fields of marine renewable energy and offshore geosciences.  The September 2013 Student Research Travel Program award recipients are:

Matthew Baker, Department of Biology at Acadia University will be conducting tests in marine acoustic technology for use in estimating fish densities to advance understanding how tidal turbines could potentially affect fish behaviour at the University of Maine;
Sonja Bhatia, Department of Earth Sciences at Dalhousie University and in conjunction with Saint Francis Xavier University, will be undertaking research at specialized test facilities to further advance the development of fibre optic gas sensors for use offshore at … Read More »


OERA Awards Graduate Student Funds

Posted on February 12th, in Offshore Energy, Tidal Energy.

PRESS RELEASE – Date: February 12, 2013

HALIFAX, NS – OERA (Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia) has awarded travel funds, ranging from $2,000 to $3,700 each, to support graduate student research in projects related to tidal marine energy and offshore petroleum/geoscience research.

The funds are in support of graduate student research travel to international research facilities or laboratories which will contribution to the advancement of the offshore energy sector in Nova Scotia.

Stephen Dempsey, Executive Director of OERA, spoke to the importance of local and international collaboration in the pursuit of the development of energy efficiencies and sustainability.

“OERA’s mission is to lead energy research that enables the sustainable development of Nova Scotia energy resources through strategic partnerships with academia, government and industry. We have a great resource in our students who are the next stewards of our energy resources. It is … Read More »